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Old 04-28-2017, 08:34 AM   #11
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Paul,

It does have a slight amount of sweetness to it and I have to say that I like it. If it dries out some more that would be fine.

Yes - hydrometer to measure SG and I usually take a temp at the same time to correct for variance.

You are correct on the instructions. I use either a Big Mouth Bubbler or the Fermonster with airlock for primary. Since I usually leave the wine in the primary longer than required and get to a fully dry SG reading I tend to go ahead and add the stabilizers and clarifiers right after racking to the carboy, although the instructions are generally as you described. If I rack at SG at or above 1.00 then I will definitely wait a week or more before putting in the additives.

While I am kicking myself for not following protocol and taking an SG at what I thought was the end of primary fermentation, I am happy that the wine tastes good and has plenty of time to sit in the carboy. I would expect to see some renewed fermentation as the basement warms up this summer and the sulphites disseminate.

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The campaign for judge ended... not in my favor. But, on the bright side, I can finally kick off my RQ French Cab.

Will probably drop yeast tomorrow morning after letting the dried grape skins soak overnight.

This is a first time for me working with dried skins. So, any tips would be appreciated.
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The campaign for judge ended... not in my favor. But, on the bright side, I can finally kick off my RQ French Cab.

Will probably drop yeast tomorrow morning after letting the dried grape skins soak overnight.

This is a first time for me working with dried skins. So, any tips would be appreciated.
I've always treated them the same as the gooey skin kits with excellent results. Drop them into the bag with your oak chips. Much easier than dealing with a bag full of grape jam. I miss the old RJ's kits with the plastic containers, nice and easy to add to the bag, and simply rinse out with water.

 
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My OG is 1.100 so I dropped the RC212 tonight and will leave it be a day or so. Smells excellent.
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The campaign for judge ended... not in my favor. But, on the bright side, I can finally kick off my RQ French Cab.

Will probably drop yeast tomorrow morning after letting the dried grape skins soak overnight.

This is a first time for me working with dried skins. So, any tips would be appreciated.

Sorry to hear that, Jim. But as you say, there is a bright side. As was already said, just dump 'em in the bag.
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The wine is a good 72*. No change in the SG (was hoping it would go up a bit overnight). Dropped the dried skins and oak chips in the bag. I'll do oak cubes (Fr medium+) in finishing.

I'm considering the possibility of doing a 50/50 blend with the RQ French Merlot.
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It's been a few days now. My SG is about 1.030+/-. Still a few days from racking. I may rack to a carboy on Friday evening depending on where we are gravity-wise.
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Dropping slowly at this point. Not a lot of activity. I may brewbelt it. Going away this weekend and don't really want to leave it go the extra days.

SG this morning was 1.020.
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